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Spartacist

/ˈspɑːtəsɪst/
noun
1.
a member of a group of German radical socialists formed in 1916 and in 1919 becoming the German Communist Party, led by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg
Word Origin
C20: from the pen name Spartacus adopted by Karl Liebknecht
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Spartacist

"German Bolshevik of November 1918 uprising," 1919, from German Spartakist, from Spartacus (d.71 B.C.E.), Thracian leader of Roman Servile War (73-71 B.C.E.), the name adopted 1916 as a pseudonym by Karl Liebknecht in his political tracts, and extended to the socialist revolutionary group he founded with Rosa Luxemburg and Franz Mehring.

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